SA Hip Hop is growing at a rapid pace and in the last year we have seen several talented artists come up and claim their spot in the game. Originally from Malawi, Gemini Major is one of the artists that have come through and made his presence felt. We managed to sit with the star to talk about his career thus far and this is how it went:
What did you get into first, rapping or producing?
Started off with producing then i started doing hooks for beats,eventually i started doing full songs,lol am not a rapper by the way
When did Gemini Major pick up the pen and what got you to constantly write?
Well I still wanna learn how to write, I just freestyle and go with whatever energy the beat gives me.
Starting up what were some of the challenges you faced?
People always trying to exploit your talent for their own benefits I was sold a lot of dreams on the come up,but I guess its part of the learning process.
How did you get your first break?
Well it was when I entered the battle of the year producers competition in 2010 where I did well and after that I got recognition as a producer, still took a while for people to take me seriously though.
How has signing with Family Tree changed your life?
Created some good relationships for me,and also introduced me to a new platform.
How did the Collaboration with Khuli Chana and Aewon Wolf come about?
I did the beat and started playing around in the studio,freestyled the hook,then slept on it for a while,then Aewon heard it and jumped on it,Khuli heard it and he also like the song,we kicked it off and decided to drop itWhat inspired you to talk about ‘Walking and Dabbing’ on the hook?
Lol , a lot of fake people around us,so it was for every negative people trying to bring people down,we walk and dabb on them.
What are your thoughts on the current state of Hip Hop?
Very interesting now that people are paying attention,theres alot of competition,2016 is an interesting year for SA HIPHOP
Do you think beef is good for Hip Hop?
I guess so, if you look at it closely you will notice how its helped our industry grow and mostly because of beef,so not to promote beef but sometimes its needed.
How has growing up in Blantyre influenced your creativity?
It has played a big role when it comes to my sound,it makes me different, I never forget my roots when it comes to my music.
What projects are you currently working on?
Am working on a project,i havent set a release date as of yet,but id like to drop a project so people can understand my sound well..the producer side of me is working on a few projects with other artists,dont wanna mention to much at the moment
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years i see myself dominating across the African continent as well as overseas,am woking towards breaking boundaries,and i believe i’ll be one of the greatest to ever do it
What did you buy with your first cheque?
I honestly dont remember which exactly was my first cheque,lol
Who are your Industry friends?
Am very close to Witness The Funk, Aewon Wolf, Nasty C & the whole of Family Tree!
When can we expect a full length project from you?
I cant say for now,but very soon!
Top 5 SA Hip Hop artists?
1. Nasty C
2. Cassper Nyovest
3. RIKY RICK
Top 5 SA Hip Hop songs on your playlist right now?
1. Juice Back remix
2. Walking and Dabbing
3. Cassper Nyovest – Malome
4. WTF – Nomusa
5. Anatii & Cassper – Jump [ft Nasty C]
What advice would you give to an up and coming rapper?
Work hard and do not forget prayer in your hustle. Believe in yourself always!
Any word of wisdom to the youth?
Add shine to your hustle,be different!!!
Where can your fans reach you?
Facebook: Gemini RudeBouy Major